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The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), formerly known as the Department of Chinese, Translation and Interpretation, was established in 1988. Our department is one of the leading academic departments in Asia that studies Chinese and its interaction with English. It addresses real-life language issues in a bilingual society. As a department with two undergraduate programmes, several taught postgraduate programmes, and a PhD programme, CBS has come a long way and is now a widely recognised innovative pioneer in establishing academic programmes that are underpinned by our research while meeting the demands in society. 


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On top of the nomination for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2022, the project on COVID-19 vaccine opinion analysis conducted by CBS Research Assistant Professor Dr. CHERSONI Emmanuele and his team has been selected as one of the 5 champion projects under the E-science category. 90 champion projects from 18 categories will compete in the final phase of the contest. 18 winning projects will be announced at the WSIS Forum

6 May 2022

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Hosted by the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), the second Gifted Education Fund (GEF) programme entitled “Multilingual Communication Training and Cross-Cultural Communication Course for Future Leaders” is now open for application. To unleash the potential of gifted students, CBS offers the GEF programme to secondary students with funding from the Gifted Education Fund of Education Bureau and support from the Department of Engli

22 Apr 2022

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Conducted by CBS Research Assistant Professor Dr. CHERSONI Emmanuele, PhD graduate Dr. Enrico SANTUS and the team of the University of Udine in Italy, a project on using Natural Language Processing technologies for monitoring and analysing COVID-19 vaccine opinions on Twitter has been nominated for the "E-science" category of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2022. Directly sponsored by the United Nations, the WSIS Prizes

19 Apr 2022

WSIS Prize

The Outstanding Alumni Award of PolyU CBS aims to give public recognition to outstanding CBS graduates for their professional achievements and significant contributions to the community and their alma mater. We are delighted to announce the following result of the CBS Outstanding Alumni Award 2022:   Dr. Enrico SANTUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award in Professional Achievement of PolyU CBS 2022   Ms. Zelia WONG Outstanding Young Alumni Award in C

18 Mar 2022

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Miss Tin Yan MOK, a secondary school student participant of the PolyU Junior Research Mentoring Programme trained by CBS team, has been selected for a poster presentation at the 35th Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing with the team’s work on the topic of Language and Dementia in Ageing. As the team representative, Miss Mok will present their linguistic research among many top-ranked and top-reviewed selected papers. A big round of app

21 Feb 2022

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Congratulations to our Prof. CHAN Shui Duen and Prof. ZHU Xinhua, who were awarded the Team Award - Knowledge Transfer: Society under PolyU President’s Awards 2021 in recognition of their remarkable leadership and commitments to the research and service projects that benefit non-Chinese speaking students and learners of the Chinese language in Hong Kong. The President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement 2021 is a university-wide award to recogni

10 Feb 2022


Building on the success of our previous Linguistic Training and Internship Programme, we are delighted to announce that our second application to the Gifted Education Fund has been successful. The project, entitled Multilingual Communication Training and Cross-Cultural Communication Course for Future Leaders, will run for 15 months with funding support from the Education Bureau. The target participants range from Secondary 1 students to Secondar

31 Dec 2021

GEF Application

In order to recruit high-calibre students who are determined to pursue academic research, the MA Scheme in Chinese, Linguistics and Translation is launching two scholarships in the 2022/23 academic year. CBS Postgraduate Scholarship is an entry scholarship, which offers a 50% tuition waiver to applicants with outstanding intellectual potential to complete an MA thesis and have achieved excellent academic results in the qualifications already obt

31 Dec 2021

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On 15 December, the Secretary for Food and Health Prof. Sophia CHAN visited our Speech Therapy Unit (STU) as part of her campus tour at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  During the visit, our Head of Department and speech therapy team introduced our speech therapy services and the training facilities of STU to Prof. Chan. We were delighted to have the opportunity to share with Prof. Chan our new initiatives regarding the speech therapy servi

20 Dec 2021


CBS Associate Professor Dr. ZHANG Caicai’s project has been awarded the prestigious fund by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), under the Young Scientist category of the National Major Project on Brain Science. The funded project is entitled “Neurocognitive markers for typical language development and language disorders in children: A longitudinal study based on long-term memory, sleep and brain development”. The MOST’s National Ma

24 May 2022


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